Education

The Museum of the Albemarle offers a variety of programs which can be utilized at the museum or are available to be taken into the classroom and other venues.

In addition, the museum holds special events periodically throughout the year that can supplement the classroom studies. As a special service to teachers, we have included which of the goals and objectives of the Social Studies Standard Course of Study can be met with each program. Should you desire more information or wish to schedule a tour or program, please contact our education coordinator. Programs available include:

Hands-on History

The museum's hands-on history program can be utilized at the museum or in the classroom or other venues. Through the museum's hands-on history program, participants get a closer look at history through hands-on activities with historic objects and reproductions. Designed primarily for younger audiences, the dialogue with museum staff and inspection of the objects themselves motivate young people to learn not only about the culture that produced the artifacts, but also about themselves. While these kits are primarily designed to be taken into settings outside, they can also be used as presentations for small groups at the museum to complement aspects of the tour.

Traveling Trunks

Bring the resources of the North Carolina Museum of History and Museum of the Albemarle into your classroom through History-in-a-Box Educator Kits. These multi-disciplinary teaching tools provide classes with background materials, reproduction artifacts, lessons, and activities that tie North Carolina history with language arts, science, math, and visual art. Kits are available for loan up to three weeks at no charge. (Schools pay shipping. Available to the Albemarle Region only).

Audio-Visual Presentations

Audio-visual materials are available for loan from the museum for a period of up to three weeks at no charge (Teachers pay return shipping if necessary)

 

 

 

January

 

History for Lunch: The Dismal Swamp Nobody Knows

Wednesday, January 4, 12:15–1 p.m.

William Hoffman creates historic scenes based on research, to draw the scenes as accurately as possible, and on his imagination and speculation. He will discuss the process of creating his book.

 

 

Tot Time: What Does It Mean to Be a Tar Heel?

Thursday, January 12, 10–11 a.m.

Preschoolers ages 3–5: Learn how we got that nickname, hear a story, and participate in a hands-on activity.

 

February

History for Lunch:  The Story of Soybeans

Wednesday, February 1, 12:15–1 p.m.

Al Wood, Pasquotank County Extension agent, will speak on the history and importance of soybean production and processing in northeast North Carolina.

Tot Time: Raggedy Ann

Thursday, February 9, 10–11 a.m.

Preschooler ages 3–5: Discover the character Raggedy Ann, hear a story, and participate in a hands-on activity.

 

Exhibit Opening: Tar Heels in the Trenches: The Great War and the Albemarle

Sunday, February 12, 1–4 p.m.

This special exhibit will mark the centennial of America’s formal entrance into the “war to end all wars.” Experience the first truly modern war through multiple perspectives, from doughboys in the trenches to Red Cross volunteers on the home front.

 

 

Lecture and Book Signing: Torchbearers of Democracy: African American Soldiers in World War

Sunday, February 12, 1:30 p.m.

Author Chad L. Williams will reveal the central role of African American soldiers in World War I and how they, along with race activists and ordinary citizens, committed to fight for democracy at home and beyond. Dr. Williams is associate professor of African and Afro-American Studies at Brandeis University.

 

School Days:

Talking Drums to Emancipation

Friday, February 24, 9 a.m.–1 p.m.

Special school programming will feature Atumpan-The Talking Drums.  When and how did the first Africans arrive in the Albemarle? What was their life like? What did emancipation mean? Explore these questions from first arrival until emancipation with hand-on activities and interactive programming.

Call for reservations.

 

African Americans in World War I

Friday, February 24, 9 a.m.–noon

Learn more about the North Carolina men who served in the Great War, such as Moses Sharp from Hertford County. Follow them through turbulent times in foreign lands, and find out what life was like for those who remained at home.

Call for reservations.

 

Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss! Celebration Week

Monday, February 27–Friday, March 3, 9 a.m.–noon

Schools and organized groups: Celebrate the author’s birthday by reading a classic Dr. Seuss book, voting for your favorite book, and participating in a hands-on activity. Dress as your favorite Dr. Seuss character!

Call for reservations.

 

March

History for Lunch: Lt. Jennifer L. Charlton

Wednesday, March 1, 12:15–1 p.m.

Celebrate Women’s History Month with Lt. Jennifer L. Charlton, who will share experiences, such as being one of the first females to complete the US Navy Submarine Officer Basic Course and serving as supply officer on the USS Michigan.

 

Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!

Thursday, March 2, 10–11 a.m.

Celebrate the author’s birthday by reading a classic Dr. Seuss book and participating in a hands-on activity. Dress as your favorite Dr. Seuss character!

 

Pinewood Derby  

Saturday, March 4, 9 a.m.–4 p.m.

Celebrate scouting in North Carolina! Watch as boy scouts from the Tidewater Council, Albemarle District race their hand-crafted cars down the track.

 

Ultimate Wedding Expo

March: Check social media for date and time

Visit our Wedding Expo, sponsored by The Bridal Lounge boutique. Whether you envision a lavish affair for hundreds or an intimate gathering of family and friends, you’ll find the products, services, and items necessary to make your dream wedding truly special.

Tot Time: Victory Gardens

Thursday, March 9, 10–11 a.m.

Preschoolers ages 3–5: Learn how children helped to feed people, then hear a story and participate in a hands-on activity.

 

Student’s Day on the River

Friday, March 31, 9 a.m.–noon

Students will have the opportunity to explore the maritime heritage, both historical and natural, of the Albemarle Region.

Call for reservations.

 

 

April

History for Lunch: “Nell Cropsey and Jim Wilcox: The Chill of Destiny”  

Wednesday, April 5, 12:15 p.m.–1 p.m.

William E. Dunstan, PhD, native of Elizabeth City, will discuss his newest book, which uncovers new details in the mysterious death of Nell Cropsey.

 

Looking for the Tomb of Joseph of Arimathea

Sunday, April 9, 2:30–3:30 p.m.

Robert Smith, Professor of Bible and History at Mid-Atlantic Christian University, will review archaeological evidence, ancient sources, and his experience to evaluate candidate locations in Jerusalem for the tomb Arimathea used to bury Jesus.

Tot Time: Discover Tools of an Archaeologist

Thursday, April 13, 10–11 a.m.

Preschoolers ages 3–5: Discover a few important archaeology tools and participate in a hands-on activity.

 

 

 

 

For more information about these and other exciting programs, please visit

MuseumoftheAlbemarle.com or Facebook.com/MuseumoftheAlbemarle

 

Save these dates!

History for Lunch

Wednesdays: January 4, February 1, March 1, April 5

12:15–1 p.m.

 

Preschooler Time:

Thursdays: January 12, February 9, March 9, April 13

10–11:30 a.m.

 

Exhibit Opening: Tar Heels in the Trenches: The Albemarle and the Great War   

Sunday, February 12, 1–4 p.m.

 

Black History Month

Friday, February 24, 9 a.m.–1 p.m.

Special school programming will feature Atumpan-The Talking Drums.

Call for reservations.

 

Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss! Celebration Week

Monday, February 27–Friday, March 3, 9 a.m.–noon

Call for reservations.

 

Student’s Day on the River

Friday, March 31, 9 a.m.–noon

Call for reservations.

 

 

Ongoing Activities

  • CARTifacts Gallery Carts are presented periodically in our galleries. Ask the receptionist if one is available during your visit. A Drop-in Friday demonstration might be available, as well!
  • Discover the Albemarle: Ride the Time Train. The year is 1881, and the railroad is coming! Our interactive exhibit will take you on an adventure down a city street of the time, complete with storefronts, places to visit, and things to do.
  • “Wedding Experience” interactive space, within the I DO! Weddings in the Albemarle, 1831–2015 exhibit, provides teens and adults the chance to plan a dream wedding and allows married adults to relive memories.

 

Also, be sure to check us out on social media:

Facebook.com/MuseumoftheAlbemarle

Twitter.com/MOAecity

Instagram.com/MOAecity

 

Free Admission

Museum Information

Monday–Saturday: 9 a.m.–5 p.m.

Sunday: Closed except during programs.

252-335-1453

MuseumoftheAlbemarle.com

Museum Gift Shop

Open during museum hours.

252-331-4026

museumgiftshoponline.com

 

Find the museum in downtown Elizabeth City across from Waterfront Park on the Pasquotank River. Street address: 501 South Water Street, Elizabeth City, NC 27909.

Accessible Entrance in front of the museum.

Program Calendar is published periodically by the Museum of the Albemarle, a part of the Division of State History Museums, Office of Archives and History, an agency of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, ncdcr.gov.

Photo Credits: Doris and Oliver Cartwright Estate, Food Bank of the Albemarle, North Carolina Museum of History, Amanda Patterson, and Lisa Winslow.

Special thanks to the following for their program assistance:  Charles Reed, Douglas Jackson, Elizabeth City State University, Sandra Sutton Bridal Lounge, North Carolina State Archives, Lisa Winslow, Albemarle Railroad Club, and Friends of the Museum of the Albemarle, Inc.

 

Exhibitions:

Albemarle Express (November 28—December 31)

Albemarle Profile: Major General Hawthorne L. Proctor Jr. (through September 17)

Elizabeth City State University: A Legacy of Excellence and Resilience

I DO! Weddings in the Albemarle, 1831–2015

Louis C. Tiffany: Art and Innovation (through October 29)

North Carolina Shad Boat

North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame, Local Inductees

Our Story: Life in the Albemarle

To Preserve the Blessings of Liberty: State Constitution of North Carolina (September 27—October 15)

Yard of the Month (through December 31)

 

Group tours (10 people or more) can be scheduled in advance. Contact the museum at 252-335-1453.